Norway appoints its first female foreign minister

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Norway appoints its first female foreign minister


Category: Government

Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide was named minister of foreign affairs on Friday, making her the first woman to hold the post in the Nordic country.

She replaces Boerge Brende, who last month was appointed president of the World Economic Forum.

The appointment leaves the top three government jobs, that of prime minister, foreign minister and finance minister, in the hands of women.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg said European Affairs Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen will move to the defense post, while Marit Berger Roesland will join the cabinet to take up the European affairs portfolio.

The Government represents the Conservative Party (C) and the Progress Party (PrP):

Prime Minister
Ms. Erna Solberg (C)

Minister of Finance
Ms. Siv Jensen (PrP)

Minister of Local Government and Modernisation
Mr.Jan Tore Sanner (C)

Minister of Transport and Communication
Mr. Ketil Solvik-Olsen (PrP)

Minister of Trade and Industry
Ms. Monica Mæland (C)

Minister of Climate and Environment
Mr. Vidar Helgesen (C)

Minister of Children and Equality 
Ms. Solveig Horne (PrP)

Minister of Health and Care Services
Mr. Bent Høie (C)

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide (C)

Minister of Immigration and Integration
Ms. Sylvi Listhaug (PrP)

Minister of Fisheries
Mr. Per Sandberg (PrP)

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Ms. Anniken Hauglie (C)

Minister of Culture
Ms. Linda Hofstad Helleland (C)

Minister of Agriculture and Food
Mr. Jon Georg Dale (PrP)

Minister of Defence
Mr. Frank Bakke-Jensen (C)

Minister of Petroleum and Energy
Mr. Terje Søviknes (PrP)

Minister of Justice and Public Security
Mr. Per-Willy Trudvang Amundsen (PrP)

Minister of Education and Research
Mr. Henrik Asheim

Minister of EEA and EU Affairs
Ms. Marit Berger Røsland (C)

Source: Reuters